Polar Bears represent local YMCA at New Englands

Polar Bears represent local YMCA at New Englands

CAMBRIDGE –  The Polar Bears of Pittsfield YMCA had a banner couple weekends out at MIT this month. The youth swimming program at the local Y sent 16 swimmers to the New England Championships over the last two weekends and came away with some real hardware. “Most swimmers recorded personal best times over the past […]

Hill brings State Slalom title to Wahconah

Hill brings State Slalom title to Wahconah

WESTMINSTER — Tanner Hill had an issue with how he finished out the regular season. Despite finishing atop the All-Berkshire standings with a perfect score, he knew he had left something out there with a DNF in the season’s final race. Though the scorers throw out each skier’s worst finish, the sophomore still knew it was […]

St. Joseph honors program history with playoff win in final season

St. Joseph honors program history with playoff win in final season

SPRINGFIELD – Four years ago, in the winter of 2013, the St. Joseph Boys Basketball team defended their Western Mass title by competing in yet another final. Since then, the program, like the school itself, has fallen on hard times. St. Joe will close its doors following the 2016-17 school year, but for at least one night […]

Hoosac Valley Girls secure Berkshire North over Pittsfield High

Hoosac Valley Girls secure Berkshire North over Pittsfield High

CHESHIRE – Behind an incredible performance by senior Kailynne Frederick, the Hoosac Valley Girls Basketball team toppled Pittsfield High to win the Berkshire North title outright. Frederick poured in a game-high 23 points as the Hurricanes battled back from a double-digit deficit at home Thursday night to overcome the Generals 59-57. Hoosac led early and […]

Taconic, Mt. Greylock each put six wrestlers on Western Mass podiums

Taconic, Mt. Greylock each put six wrestlers on Western Mass podiums

NORTHFIELD – For the second consecutive year, a team from Berkshire County emerged as winners of the Division III Western Mass Wrestling tournament. While Taconic grabbed the honor last winter, this time it was Monument Mountain’s turn, while the Braves placed fifth. Individually, nine County wrestlers fought their way into the finals of their respective […]

Coalition talks Berkshire County housing, economy

Coalition talks Berkshire County housing, economy

NORTH ADAMS — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition assembled for their monthly meeting inside First Baptist Church to discuss homelessness, economic stability and the housing market as a whole. “This topic came up across the board. Housing and homelessness strikes the entire community,” NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw said. “It’s not just about the homeless. […]

Lanesborough fire department defends ambulance service

Lanesborough fire department defends ambulance service

LANESBOROUGH — Members of the fire department presented self-calculated data to the Board of Selectmen in an effort to defend the continuation of a town ambulance service. “We transport roughly 50 percent of the time,” P.J. Pannesco said, comparing the fire department-run ambulance service to that of competing county services. Pannesco is a former fire […]

Adams-Cheshire officials inspect district schools after Collins report

Adams-Cheshire officials inspect district schools after Collins report

CHESHIRE — Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Superintendent Robert Putnam led a collection of Adams and Cheshire officials on a tour of the district’s three school buildings, highlighting the conditions of each and discussing repercussions of grade reconfigurations. Tours of all three schools come after the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management made recommendations, […]

Local swimming stars take to Simon’s Rock

Local swimming stars take to Simon’s Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON – In a tune-up to this weekend’s Western Mass Swim Meets at Springfield College, the Monument Mountain Spartans and the St. Joseph’s Crusaders dominated at the Berkshire Individual swim meet at Simon’s Rock. The Spartans won a total of 13 events including four team relays. St. Joseph saw both Jessie Tobin (200 and […]

Mass MoCA draws thousands on Free Day

Mass MoCA draws thousands on Free Day

NORTH ADAMS —  More than 3,500 people poured into the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to enjoy everything the sprawling, downtown museum had to offer during its annual Free Day. One of these 3,500 people was Jessica Coles. Coles is a Troy, New York native. It was her first time at Mass MoCA. “This place […]

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